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Supporting Research in Schools

Empowering independent schools to drive positive change through comprehensive data collection and analysis.



Welcome to the Center for Institutional Research in Independent Schools.

The Center for Institutional Research in Independent Schools (CIRIS) exists to support the work of institutional research practitioners as they help schools collect, analyze, and operationalize data in support of their mission. We provide professional development resources, networking opportunities, and best practice recommendations for both institutional researchers and school leaders interested in building data-informed, mission-driven feedback structures.

We hope you find the resources on this site helpful, and we are always thrilled to hear ideas or questions from members of the institutional research community, so please feel free to reach out!


CIRIS provides resources and support for institutional research practitioners.

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About Institutional Research

There are many successful models of institutional research in the independent school community, and here we are excited to share the answers to this core question. 

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Explore the work of other institutional researchers, submit your own work to share, or look through our video library.

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Summer Fellows Lab

Each year, CIRIS invites institutional research practitioners to join its Summer Fellows Lab to gain technical skills and reach their goals.

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What's New?

Demo dashboards were compiled by the 2023 CIRIS Summer Fellows Lab cohort.

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